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800GE routing

800GE routing

The best for both worlds

The digital world needs more bandwidth to fuel the Metaverse. Operators need better efficiency to scale their networks, and our planet needs us to conserve energy and reduce carbon emissions.

We can do this. Right now. All at once. 800GE routing can triple IP network capacity in the same space and energy footprint. Built with faster optics and more efficient silicon, it leads the way to a more sustainable future.

Moving more bits using less energy. It's the best for both worlds.

What is 800GE routing?

800 Gigabit Ethernet (800GE) routing is the next generation IP networking technology enabling operators to upgrade router interfaces to 800 Gb/s. It leverages the most recent QSFP-DD interface module specifications to support high-density 800GE pluggable optics with backwards compatibility for existing 400GE, 200GE and 100GE optics.

Operational benefits of 800GE routing


The business case for 800GE routing in the age of sustainability

Why deploy 800GE routing?

As traffic keeps growing, operators are facing challenges to scale network capacity within their existing space, energy, and thermal footprint. Large CSPs, internet exchange providers, colocation providers, cloud providers, or enterprises that are already starting to deploy 400 Gb/s links at any scale should consider deploying 800GE routing to scale network capacity in a more sustainable manner going forward.

More traffic capacity

800GE routing offers a two- to eight-fold increase in link capacity over current 400GE and 100GE networks. Besides more headroom for traffic peaks and demand growth, managing faster and fewer links operators reduce network complexity and cost.

More space efficient

800GE routing effectively doubles interface capacity and connectivity in the same rack space. A single line card can support up to 36 QSFP-DD ports with 800GE, 400GE or 100GE pluggable optics, or connect to two 400GE or up to eight 100GE ports with an optical breakout panel.

More energy efficient

Using faster 800GE optics is more energy efficient than transporting an equivalent volume of traffic using multiple 400GE or 100GE links. 800GE optics consume between 20 and 40% less energy per Gigabit of traffic.

Hear from our experts

DE-CIX: The need for 800GE

Infrastructure requirements of the global data storm

Nokia demonstrates 800GE routing

Why should I consider 800GE routing now?

Anticipating and assessing the potential impact on legacy infrastructures early will help you preserve hardware investments and maximize the cost benefits from 800GE routing technology.

While many operators are still transitioning from 100 to 400 Gb/s speeds, traffic keeps growing relentlessly. Besides costing more energy and space, continued investments in legacy 100GE and 400GE routers that cannot be upgraded to 800GE will result in a more cumbersome transition later with a bigger write-off on capital investments.  

800GE routing offers a smooth upgrade path from 100 to 800 Gb/s with savings on space and energy. Good news for the COO and the CO2!

When is 800GE routing available?

Nokia 800GE routing solutions are available to order now  

Nokia has already concluded several many public tests and customer trials of 800GE routing solutions. These trials are an industry first and validate readiness of our new 7750 SR-s routers to support 800GE optics.  

Refer to the 7750 SR product page for product release information or contact your Nokia sales representative.  

What are the hardware needs for 800GE?

800GE optics drives a need for faster, 112G SerDes silicon on interface modules (line cards) and switch fabric modules. Other system hardware components, such as power entry modules, fan units and chassis design practices are potentially impacted as well for some equipment vendors.  

Customers of Nokia 7750 SR-7s and 14s routers can upgrade to the new FP5 hardware for 800GE support. FP5 hardware delivers 3x more capacity than FP4 in the same resource footprint and thus requires no changes to power entry or cooling fan units. Moreover, the FP5 chipset is backwards compatible with FP4 and supports the full SR OS feature set on day 1. 

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